I was disappointed to read that the Iowa Republican leadership wants to eliminate funding for the Great Places program and for recreational trails.
These projects are making a difference, especially in central Iowa. Here are some specifics to help convince local Republicans like Senator Tim Kapucian to stand up for the people they represent:
Both Belle Plaine and Tama County have filed letters of intent to apply for the Great Places program in 2009. Cities and counties that are named an Iowa Great Place receive several hundred thousand dollars to promote tourism and improve the quality of life. Current Great Places have spent the money to improve public facilities, rehabilitate historic sites, improve downtown areas, and create tourist attractions. Decisions about Belle Plaine and Tama County will be announced in October, but Republicans would rather eliminate the money altogether.
The Grundy County Lake Trail project would expand local recreational opportunities and thus make the community a more attractive place to live and work. Why are Republicans against improving recreation opportunities in central Iowa?
Please ask Senator Kapucian to tell his Republican leaders to stop playing political games with projects that are vital to development in his district.
State Senator Bob Dvorsky
Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee